The Hispanic-Congolese pivot Serge Ibaka he scored 17 points and captured eight rebounds for his team, Toronto Raptors, who were guided by the 21 goals of their franchise player, Kawhi Leonard, but who did not avoid the defeat by 116-87 on the track of the Orlando Magic.
Ibaka, who delivered three assists and made four blocks in his 31:51 on the floor, was the main ally of Leonard in a team that did not know how to stop the Montenegrin center Nikola Vucevic, author of 30 points and creditor of 20 rebounds and eight assists. This poor result left the Raptors in second place in the Eastern Conference, with a balance of 26-11.
Further, Willy Hernangómez He sealed three points, six rebounds and an assist at 13:36 that he played during the Charlotte Hornets' (100-87) home victory over the Brooklyn Nets. Thus, the Hornets were located sixth of the East (17-17). Kemba Walker was the author of 29 points, replicated by the 33 that D'Angelo Russell made in the visiting team.
On the other hand, the still limping Pau Gasol He did not play a single second for the narrow defeat of his team, the San Antonio Spurs, in his visit to the Nuggets (102-99). In the whole of Denver, also Spanish Juancho Hernangómez signed six points, four rebounds and two assists in 31:11 minutes.
The dawn with a Spanish presence in the NBA was completed with José Manuel Calderón, author of two points, two rebound catches and seven assists in the 22:46 that played in Indianapolis. His team, the Detroit Pistons, fell defeated (125-88) against a Pacers in whose ranks Domantas Sabonis stood out, thanks to his 19 points and 12 rebounds that embittered an opponent still eighth in the East (16-17).
Statistics of Spanish players
- Serge Ibaka: 17 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 blocks.
- Willy Hernángomez: 3 points, 6 rebounds and 1 assist.
- Pau Gasol: Did not play.
- Juancho Hernangómez: 6 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists.
- José Manuel Calderón: 2 points, 2 rebounds and 7 assists.